Do You Lose Sleep Thinking About God?

Bible Readings for the day:  Psalm 106:32-39, 2 Corinthians 11:16-33, Isaiah 24:1-26:21
Meditational Reading: Isaiah 26:9

My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you.
For when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

Pastor's Ponderings IllustrationThis verse lies amid verses which tell of God’s judgment upon an unbelieving people; it lies amid verses which tell of God’s gracious promises and what he will do for his people.  There are a lot of good passages in today’s Old Testament reading; a lot of good passages, and my heart is pricked by this one.  Why?

I would like to think that I live a life that pleases God (I know that I am still a sinner!).  I would like to think that my greatest desire is to do God’s will (too often it isn’t!–MUCH too often it isn’t!)  I would like to think that I think about God a lot (but I don’t).

In truth, my soul doesn’t yearn for the Lord in the night.  At night all I want to do is go to sleep!  I don’t spend sleepless nights contemplating the mercies of the Lord, not at all!  My spirit doesn’t always (make that “My spirit seldom”) seeks the Lord.  That’s why this verse, this single verse, pricks my heart, why it jumps out at me.  The cares and problems of life jump out at me.  The sin that still lives within me causes me (wants me) to live for myself and what I want, rather than for the Lord and what he wants.  I will make excuses to avoid an encounter with the Lord in his Word; I will make excuses and run away from him.  But he is always there, calling me back, calling me back to himself.  My soul may not yearn for the Lord in the night; but he is the waiting Father in the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) whose heart yearns for me!

This verse pricked my heart because it shows me how badly I have lived for God; that’s what God’s Law does:  it shows me my sins.  But God’s Word (even the part I may not read today) also shows me what God has done for me in Jesus my Savior; that what God’s gospel does:  it shows me my Savior!

My soul may not yearn for the Lord in the night, but it does rest secure in his love and forgiveness!

A prayer:  Lord, I do not pursue you the way I ought.  Forgive me that sin; for me all my sins!  Living in you and your forgiveness, may I never forget you nor take you for granted.  May I always be aware of you and your love for me.  In Jesus’ Name!  Amen!

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